Call for papers
CUSP Vol.2. No.2 : On SEXUALITY
Issue Editors: Karuna Chandrashekar and Shraddha Chatterjee
This issue of CUSP ( Journal for Studies in Culture-Subjectivity-Psyche ) is On Sexuality. This begs the questions, 'What of sexuality?' , and 'Whose' . sexuality?'. For us, this issue is on a sexuality that is always already queer; it is on the sexual subject for whom the trap is a straight line: the artifice of dual-gendered heterosexuality and its norms. We wish to move beyond all considerations of queer as alternative to this dual-gendered heterosexuality. Instead we wish to delve into the ways in which this field of sexuality is constructed. How the heterosexual, queer, and otherwise get codified through the legal, social, political, and psychological are important questions for us.
Thus far, perspectives on ( queer ) sexuality have largely emerged from science through psychiatry, psychology, and psychoanalysis, where the queer subject in the clinic has been situated between normality, abnormality, and otherness; from law, where the queer subject is juxtaposed with an imagination of a legal subject who is always, by default, heterosexual; from history and anthropology, and through that cultural studies, where the queer subject attempts to find its place in national and/or cultural pasts, securing its position in the present as well as attempting to recover subversive practices and ethics of the past; from economics, where the queer subject is engaged with in its particular promise to capitalism, or in the absence of economy in care labor practices. Most of the work that has emerged has tended to see the queer subject as the Other of heterosexual subject, at the fringes of heterosexuality, or at the margins of heterosexual society.
In lieu of this, we ask, how is sexuality in the contemporary demarcated and what is its history? Where is the place of culture in these demarcations? Who is a queer subject located in time, history, and geography ? How does one study a ( queer ) sexuality that is cultural, but does not lapse into relativism ?
How has globalization influenced the political action of queer groups around the world? What are the parameters of discourses of resistance that are produced? What does globalization mean for resistances outside these discourses? Is it possible to engage with resistance outside the logic of rights and civil liberties? What is the role of religion in resistance? What is the language of this resistance ? How does art, poetry, music, dance and other forms, outside of academic discourse partake in these debates? How are the concerns of movements subscribing to feminisms and marxisms allied with or against queer resistance?
Who is the queer subject within psychoanalysis, psychology and mental health frameworks, who has to navigate the dichotomies of illness and cure? How do these disciplines construct a subject that in turn solidify their relation to power? What does queerness do to the clinic, to its perceived interiority even as queerness is determined by the extimate?
Given that we mark sexuality as a discourse, given that we mark its extimacy, how do we return to the intimate ? How do we return to the place of the body and that of the space between bodies? How do we mark pain and pleasure, despair and joy? How do we understand the role of caste, class, and race in demarcating the desirable queer body? How do we seriously consider the violence meted out to queer lives and queer bodies? How do we mourn our losses and our love? what are the queer imaginations that emerge from a place of pleasure, joy, jouissance?
What does it mean to employ queer as methodology, as the political work of subverting the norm even while that norm oppresses; the work of occupying the norm and making it radically different? What does it mean to queer daily life, to queer disciplines, to queer language?
These are the broad concerns this issue would wish to engage with.
Those who wish to contribute papers may send their abstracts of 500 words by 15th September, 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify selected authors by 7th October, 2016.
Date of submission of full papers will be by 28th February, 2017. The word limit for each paper is 8000-10,000 words. Authors are requested to follow the APA citation format.
This issue of CUSP is also looking for art work, fragments, and poetry around the theme. We wish to move beyond the confines of academic discourse, we wish to push the limits of our engagements with these questions. As such, poets and artists can send in up to 5 poems, fragments, and art work by 30th December, 2016.
All papers will be subject to a blind peer review, after which authors may be requested to make changes to their work.